Opinion

Suit dismissed over turnpike toll increases

Editorials

It’s fair to wish a lawsuit over Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases to fund the state’s transit agencies had been successful. But realistically, the ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane is hard to argue with. The judge ruled against the lead plaintiff, a Missouri-based trucking ...

Will Biden’s long career help or hurt?

Opinion

Joe Biden has been around a long time. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, at age 29 (he reached the Constitution’s required age of 30 before taking office in January 1973). No one in the current Senate was there then; the current senior-most House member only arrived there after ...

Going for broke against President Trump

Opinion

WASHINGTON — As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges her House Democratic flock to focus on the party’s liberal/progressive agenda, former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement as a presidential candidate doesn’t mince words. He’s out to kick President Trump out of the Oval Office in 2020. ...

River Walk expansion would answer future local needs, priorities

Editorials

The Susquehanna River Walk is one of the treasures of our area. There is little or no disagreement on that. So why not expand it? Local leaders met recently with state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials at Susquehanna State Park to discuss the possibility of extending ...

A uniquely American story

Opinion

Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given just 48 hours to ...

A tale of two obstructions

Opinion

Every Republican remembers with disgust the video of Bill Clinton glowering into the camera and declaring: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.” It’s worth revisiting why ...

Gateway project plan may meet lofty expectations

Editorials

Economic development and revitalization projects have a checkered track record, whether the plan is for New York City or Williamsport. Oftentimes, they are long on flashy ideas but short on tangible results for a variety of reasons: an inability to secure funding, costs that outdistance plans ...

Remember the hero but not gunman

Editorials

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

Let staff ask the questions

Opinion

There aren’t many advantages to being old — and at nearly 72, I qualify — but having actually lived through historic events gives one certain insights. From 1972 to 1974, I was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee. I was hired to the professional staff even though I did not ...

Fake news: The post-Trump economic ‘disaster’

Opinion

Many “experts” expected, predicted and warned of instant economic disaster under a Donald Trump presidency. But a funny thing happened on our way to economic oblivion. The economy took off. Former President Barack Obama presided over the worst economic recovery since 1949. He became the ...

Barr hearing was much ado about nothing

Opinion

WASHINGTON — If Shakespeare had titled Attorney General William Barr’s appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would have called it “Much Ado About Nothing.” Democrats seized on the supposed “bombshell” that special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter ...

Pa. should not legalize use of marijuana for ‘recreation’

Editorials

While some states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana — all but one through voter referendums — Pennsylvania should not. The reasons are sound: Legalizing pot for open use creates a health risk, puts the public at risk on the roads and in the workplace. In addition, what ...

Vaccines protect you, your family and your community

Opinion

Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles. Measles is not just a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly. But measles is also easily preventable with a safe and highly effective ...

Administration’s foreign meddling could cost Americans at pumps

Opinion

PARIS — In a speech during his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised: “We’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.” Neocon members of the Trump administration are overtly working against Trump’s stated cause. ...

Barr was right not to participate when rule changed

Editorials

Congressional hearings often have far less to do with getting information than with giving lawmakers public platforms on which to advance their own interests. Witness the number of times celebrities rather than genuine experts are called to testify. They draw more attention from the press. At ...

America doesn’t want a #MeToo president

Opinion

Presidential contender Joe Biden is under attack from fellow Democrats for how he treated Anita Hill in 1991 after she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. #MeToo advocates are warning that Biden had better apologize if he wants the women’s vote in next ...

Buckley urges Congress to stay out of state affairs

Opinion

WASHINGTON — At 96, James Buckley still is, like good cheddar, sharp and savory. Buckley, whose life has been no less accomplished than his brother Bill’s, recently said at a National Review gathering that his speech there would be his last public appearance. Let us hope not. He adorned ...

Murder charges for opioid drug dealers in state? Why not?

Editorials

There are 20 states that now have so-called “drug-induced homicide” laws that carry the same sentences as murder and manslaughter when someone dies from opioids dealt to them. Pennsylvania should become number 21, in our view. In the past year in Pennsylvania, there have been 19,000 ...

A restful break for weary voters

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting ...

The Bidens: They’re still not like us

Opinion

Now that Creepy Joe Biden thinks he has put to rest all the cringy questions about his grabby hands, he has reverted to one of his old-time shticks: middle-class Joe. Champion of the masses. Hero of the hoi polloi. A six-term U.S. senator and two-term vice president, which equates to 44 ...